Enjoy The Great Outdoors With Upcoming Volusia County Explore Programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in September. Environmental specialists will lead a nature hike, bike-about, snorkeling adventure, paddling trips and an eco-buggy ride.

With social distancing in mind, each program will be limited to eight persons. Participants must register at least 48 hours before the program. Only registrants will be allowed to participate. To register, call 386-736-5927.Upcoming events include:

Bike-about Edgewater: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. During this leisurely ride, participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live in them. A helmet and bicycle are required. Meet in the parking lot one-quarter mile east of Interstate 95 and one-quarter mile south on Cow Creek Road.

Ponce Inlet snorkel adventure: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Learn about the wonders of the underwater ecosystem and various marine species while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must be able to swim and have their own equipment. Anyone under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Bring your snorkeling gear and meet at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.

Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Look for manatees and dolphins during this leisurely paddling trip through the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

Longleaf hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Take a walk through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand.

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Bike-about Spruce Creek: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach.

Indian River Lagoon paddle:9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Paddle the Indian River Lagoon to the Gabordy Canal. Participants will learn about the history of the canal and the importance of the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Wear closed-toe water shoes and meet at Menard May Park, 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewater.

Eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Take a leisurely ride through the preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.

Explore Volusia staff has established public program procedures based on current guidelines. These procedures are subject to change based on guidance at the local, state and federal levels. Contact staff for more information.

Source: Volusia County Press Release

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